Markets and Culture & Sociology Gathering for Students and Alumni

When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 5:00-6:30
Where: Dallas Hall, Room 115

Markets and Culture and Sociology alumni from various career paths will share their insight and perspectives on the job search and how they have been able to leverage their SMU academic and extracurricular experience in their careers. Come as you are and connect with people who were once in your shoes and are eager to be a resource and support to you.

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Matthew Wilson, Political Science, Top Texans can’t resist ranting about gay marriage

Star-Telegram

Originally Posted: Feb. 21, 2015

 

Mighty as it is, Texas is not mighty enough to turn back the clock.

Every marriage soon might be performed and recognized nationwide under a federal ruling, a stroke for liberty and an average $15,000 boost for the economy.

State leaders, sworn to uphold current laws, must choose between begrudging acceptance or kicking and screaming.

One of Texas’ wisest political science experts predicts the latter.

Whatever courts rule on an Austin same-sex marriage last week, or whatever the Supreme Court rules in June on the 14th Amendment equal right to marry, Republicans “should rail against it for one powerful reason,” professor Cal Jillson of Southern Methodist University wrote by email.

Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Joe Straus, more business leaders than preachers, can’t let faith-and-values conservatives such as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton seem more outspoken, Jillson wrote.

The Republican runoff last year showed that “diehard conservatives are a 2-to-1 majority,” Jillson wrote.

“I think Abbott knows that Patrick will challenge him the moment he thinks he can get by him on the right.”

That means more railing against federal courts on same-sex marriage, even when the same leaders are railing in favor of a federal lower court on delayed immigration enforcement.

A 40-year political science professor at UT Pan American in Edinburg, Jerry Polinard, remembers the 1960s debate over interracial marriage.

He predicts more of the same harsh rhetoric.

“If you’re an elected official in Texas and want to remain in office,” he wrote by email, “you play to your base and attack ‘judge-made law.’

“You cite the Bible, which was cited in the fight over interracial marriage.

“And you coast to re-election.”

The real challenge will come when any officials resist a Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriages, he wrote.

Such a decision is expected in June, days after the June 1 end of the Texas Legislature.

Matthew Wilson, an SMU political science professor who writes and teaches on religion in politics, advised a dignified response upholding “respect for the democratic process and the rule of law.” READ MORE

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Virtual Training At SMU Helps Women Say “No”

CBS DFW

SMU researchers have created a tool to help women develop the confidence to say “no”. WATCH VIDEO

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Congratulations Dr. Santosh D’Mello, 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award Recipient

Dr. D’Mello has been selected by the Council of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine as one of the 2015 recipients of the Distinguished Scientist Award. Distinguished Scientists will be announced at the Society’s annual Socializer and Awards Presentation at the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting in late March.

Congratulations Dr. D’Mello!

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More than 1,000 participants expected at Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair

DALLAS (SMU) – More than 1,000 junior high and high school students are expected to participate in the 2015 Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, Feb. 21, in Fair Park.

Co-sponsored by SMU, participants — who have won their school or district science fairs — will compete for more than 500 awards.

“Many of the students who participate will become scientists, ” says Simon Dalley, Fair president and physics professor at SMU. “Encouraging their interest is crucial for the development of technology and science in the United States.”

SMU faculty members coordinate the fair, recruit judges and help select the grand prize winners. SMU also hosts a March banquet honoring the top 150 fair winners, their parents and science teachers.

The Fair is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition. Students in grades 6-12 at public and private schools within the boundaries of TEA Region 10, who placed in their school science fairs, are eligible to participate in the DRSEF.

Projects that place 1st – 4th in Science Category at DRSEF will be invited to enter the Texas State Science & Engineering Fair. The top approximately 10% of Junior Division projects at DRSEF will receive invitations to the Broadcom Masters. Senior Division grand prize winners and runners-up at DRSEF are eligible for the International Science & Engineering Fair, with attendance sponsored by Beal Bank.

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Willard Spiegelman, Everything Is Going On Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia’ Review

Wall Street Journal

Originally Posted: Feb 18, 2015

The City of Brotherly Love is having an affair with Oscar Wilde. This historic bastion of Quakerism, the butt of jokes from the likes of W.C. Fields, has embraced the flamboyant gay spokesman for decadence, aestheticism, wit and suffering. READ MORE

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College Students Choosing Volunteerism Over Partying During Spring Break

Originally Posted: Feb. 15, 2015

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Spring Break and college co-eds usually means a ritual of partying and debauchery for many, but a new trend is spreading among college students and drawing out their real talents.

SMU’s Carson James won’t be partying this Spring Break but volunteering her time.
“I’ve always wanted to go to Africa,” says Carson. “I just think it’s really neat to do something different and something that you’re going to remember the rest of your life.”

The pre-med major is packing her bags to Ghana for a week.She’s just one in a trend of countless students across the country choosing volunteerism over beachside parties. READ MORE

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Santosh D’Mello, Biological Sciences, transcriptomics identifies genes and signaling pathways that may regulate neurodegenerative diseases

Science Codex

Originally Posted: Feb. 12, 2015

Massive elimination of neurons is a critical aspect of normal nervous system development but also represents a defining feature of neurodegenerative pathologies, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Although the molecular events that trigger neuronal death in each of these neurodegenerative diseases is distinct, the downstream apoptotic process through which neurons die in these pathologies are thought to share commonalities to each other, as well as to developmentally-regulated neuronal death. Identifying genes that promote or prevent neuronal death would thus be an important step in understanding both developmentally-regulated neuronal death as well as the mechanisms underlying degenerative brain disorders.

Scientists at Southern Methodist University, led by Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences Santosh D’Mello, have used RNA-Seq to conduct transcriptome profiling of gene expression changes in dying neurons. This study, reported in the February 2015 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, utilized cultured cerebellar granule neurons, one of the most widely used models to study neuronal death. READ MORE

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New data shows North Texas fault line

Houston Chronicle

Originally Posted: Feb. 11, 2015

North Texas earthquake swarms still baffle geologists, who never expected to study seismic tremors in the Lone Star State. But last month scientists installed equipment to record quakes near Irving, Texas, and last week the first numbers came in.

We still don’t know much about why the region shakes, but here’s what we just learned: the quakes have all been relatively shallow, and have centered along a newly-identified fault line near Irving. The data is thanks 20 seismic monitoring machines, supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and deployed by scientists from Texas’ Southern Methodist University last month.

“This is a first step, but an important one, in investigating the cause of the earthquakes,” said SMU seismologist Brian Stump. “Now that we know the fault’s location and depth, we can begin studying how this fault moves – both the amount and direction of motion.” READ MORE

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Analysis of recent earthquake sequence reveals geologic fault, epicenters in Irving and West Dallas

Phys.org

Originally Posted: Feb. 11, 2013

Initial results from SMU’s seismology team reveal that the recent series of earthquakes occurring near the site of the old Texas Stadium were relatively shallow and concentrated along a narrow two mile line that indicates a fault extending from Irving into West Dallas.

SMU and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on Friday shared an interim report with the mayors of Dallas and Irving spelling out preliminary information gleaned after SMU’s installation in January of more than 20 portable earthquake monitors around the earthquake sites.

“This is a first step, but an important one, in investigating the cause of the earthquakes,” said SMU seismologist Brian Stump. “Now that we know the fault’s location and depth, we can begin studying how this fault moves – both the amount and direction of motion.”

“Then we can move on to what might have triggered it – examining factors both natural and manmade,” said SMU seismologist Heather DeShon. “Sometimes what triggers an earthquake can be very small, so all of these factors have to be considered when looking for that trigger.” READ MORE

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